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Our kings’ rule used to be pro-people: Minister CT Ravi

Mysuru, February 17:- “When the kings were ruling, they were working for the welfare of the people and there was no selfish motive. But today, in democracy, leaders are working for the welfare of their family instead of people,” said Kannada and Culture Minister CT Ravi.

He was speaking after inaugurating the birth centenary celebration event of Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar at Navajyoti auditorium of JSS College for Women at Saraswathipuram in the city on Saturday.

“I have watched a documentary on Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar. We were lucky that the kings ensured that the people of the dynasty were not affected by the British rule. The Wadiyars looked after the people like their children,” he added.

“Now we are having a democracy. It means, for the people, by the people and for the people. But the rule by the kings was loved by the people. They were working for the welfare of the kingdom. It was democracy in the monarchy. But today we are having a monarchy in democracy,” he said.

“Today politicians want their children, grandchildren to be in power. Politicians want to accumulate wealth which would last for generations. But Wadiyars of Mysuru had given governance that was better than the democracy today,” he added.

“The Mysore dynasty was known for many firsts. Today is the day of patent branding. But back then, the kings branded what was there in Mysuru. Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar continued the tradition started by Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar. He should be lauded for signing for democracy and integration with India even before independence,” Ravi added.

“Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar was never attached to power though he was in power. I think Karnataka would have further developed had the kings ruled us even after independence. We worship a great engineer like Sir M Visvesvaraya. We are unable to get another visionary like him,” he said.

Seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Mutt, scion of the erstwhile Mysuru royal family Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament Pratap Simha, Mayor Tasneem Bano, Department of Archaeology, Heritage and Museums Deputy Director Nirmala Matapathi and others were present. (MR/KS)

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